Sunday, September 02, 2012

Not Labor Day

Tomorrow is Labor Day. Today, for me, is Not Labor Day. I am lazy. I am taking the day off. It wasn't planned, but I guess it was needed.

Here is where I am today. Stretched out on the chaise on the deck. The Sunday paper is spread out around me.

View, if I look straight ahead.


View if I look up.


View if I look down.

That's it. I'm not moving.

I can't remember the last time I was so relaxed. Like I wrote yesterday, it has been a great summer, but it has been a busy one. Wish I had a dollar for every meal I have served this summer. We have eaten well, if I may say so myself. And we've fed a lot of people around that table in the top photo. Good times. Really. But I am savoring the quiet.

The morning started with some ambitions. I tried to do some drawings. I have neglected my drawing blog badly and want to get it under control. My drawing efforts were half-hearted and bleh. I'll try again tomorrow.

I wandered out to the studio and looked around. I ended up fixing a pair of pants that have been in danger of falling right off of me. It's not that I have lost any weight—they are the kind that come out of the dryer fitting perfectly and within two hours they have grown a size. The weight of my phone in my pocket has me in fear that they will fall right off. Working a length of elastic into the waistband is the most productive thing I have done today. Then I lost momentum. Succumbed to inertia.

I finished reading Cannery Row and lay back, gazing up through the bamboo and pondered the grace and poetry of Steinbeck. I read some of the paper, lost interest and simply stared into space, enjoying the clear blue sky and noticing a distinct chill in the shadows. September has arrived. Life is good. I needed today.


10 comments:

  1. I am glad you were able to pull yourself together to help me with the answers to the questions for the newspaper writer!! Keep enjoying your relaxation.

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  2. Sounds like a perfect Not Labor Day to me!

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  3. Yay for you. Yesterday I laid in the hammock as Ron has the second floor draped in plastic while he paints the ceiling, and there really seemed no place for me in the house. I concluded it is important to lounge in the hammock, or in your case the chaise. Wish I had done more of it this summer. I am about to head there again with a glass of wine, as I just got back from client. So much for a long weekend.

    PS.. Thor obviously needs some scritches.

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  4. Your kitty looks just like my "Blackie". Enjoy your day off

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  5. Julie8:26 PM

    Perhaps this feline existential crisis video reflects your mood.

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/the-best-cat-video-of-all-time.html

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  6. If I looked down and saw that beautiful black cat, I wouldn't move either... I'd just stay there and cuddle with him!

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  7. Good on you for turning a bit of an off day into a good day off.

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  8. Sounds like you had a perfect, laborless day. Good for you!!!!

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  9. I managed to finish 2 easy mysteries and stare at my design wall this no labor day weekend. I'm glad you were able to feel so relaxed too.

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  10. We need more relaxing in our life. I'm glad you had nice weather to relax outside.

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